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Kill the Poker Player: Sherlock out West

Kill the Poker Player - Sherlock out West 
A spaghetti-paella western that plays more like a mystery thriller. Several Italian westerns had Giallo influences, but this one presents it thriller elements in the style of the British whodunnit à la Agatha Christie or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Robert Woods actually plays a character of British descent, an insurance investigator called Jonathan Pinkerton, working for Lloyds of London, investigating a bank robbery that ended in bloodshed. Two bandits made several victims during the robbery, but they were eliminated themselves by a third person, the man on the background who masterminded the crime and ran off with the money.
At one point it is suggested that Woods' character is not a detective but a federal agent. An undercover agent going undercover as a British detective? The plot is a bit haphazard, but offers enoughs red herrings to keep you guessing who will eventually be revealed as the culprit. The killings are performed with the help…

Death Walks in Laredo: Spaghetti western lunacy in Algeria, not Almeria

In the opening scene a cowboy named Selby is accused of cheating and challenged to a duel by the four men he had beaten in a game of poker. It's a scene that looks like dozens of other scenes from spaghetti westerns, until Selby pulls out a four-barreled gun and shoots all four opponents with one single shot. We're not only supposed to believe that this fantasy gun works, but also that it can shoot in four different directions at the same time. This is western wonderland ...
The movie was a personal idea of producer Dino de Laurentiis, who was fascinated by the success of Leone's A Fistful of Dollars and wanted to copy (or even double) it by producing a western that was at least twice as extravagant. As far as I know it's the only spaghetti western that was shot in Algeria and I guess it's also the only one to feature a villain called Julius Cesar Fuller, a lunatic who lives in a imperial palace, located on a hilltop and has surrounded himself by a harem of young g…

The Road to Fort Alamo: western between Peplum and Horror

The Road to Fort Alamo 
western between peplum and horror
The first of three westerns directed by Mario Bava (the other two being Ringo from Nebraska and Roy Colt and Winchester Jack), made at a time when the Leone style of film making was still in the future and Italian directors were trying to emulate American westerns. Not surprisingly, the movie has a storyline that was very popular in Cavalry westerns from the fifties set in post-Civil War days: a Southern renegade first turns to brigandage but comes to his senses and redeems himself during the Indian wars. Eventually all people involved are forgiving and realize that the war is over and the North and South are One.
Ken Clark is Bill Mannesey, a man whose properties were destroyed during the war. He joins a group of southerners who all suffered considerable losses during the war and want to get even - if only financially - with the Union. Dressed up like soldiers, they try to convert a check that was given to Bill by a moribund sol…